White Water Walk

Stroll along a boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world's wildest stretches of whitewater! Marvel at the relentless power and beauty of nature and see how the deep and narrow Great Gorge was created. Trillions of gallons of water are forced into this accelerating trough - the sight will take your breath away!

The White Water Walk features a photo gallery that reviews the stunters and daredevils from years past that tried to conquer Niagara's dangerous whitewater rapids.

Click to visit the Niagara Parks White Water Walk website.

Distance from Greystone Manor:

1.0 km

Walking time:

14 minutes

WeGo Transit:

4 minutes

 

Floral Clock

This unique attraction is a very popular stop on the Niagara Parkway and is photographed almost as often as the Falls!  The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year - it features viola in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast.

The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a Tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the Tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of every face design all the way back to 1950.

An attractive feature is a 10-foot wide water garden that curves 85 feet around the base of the timepiece - it is a popular place to make a wish!

Click here for their official website


Distance from Greystone Manor B&B:

7.8 km

Driving time:

9 minutes

WeGo transit:

20 minutes

 

Natural Niagara Tours

Natural Niagara Tours offer daily guided Nature tours through the Niagara Glen Nature Preserve where the mighty Niagara River (slowly) tore through rock and stone.

Experience the lesser known hidden treasures of Niagara Falls. See for yourself the massive boulders left behind by the rock-carving river and hear some of the stories of First Nations past and present

  • Explore the places once carved by the mighty Waterfall.
  • Experience one of the only Guided Nature Tours in Niagara Falls.
  • Learn of the fascinating and Lesser known history of the area (including First Nations history).  Experience something New. Book your tour now or ask us a question in the box below!  Niagara is a Magical place. Come and Explore it with us today.

For full details and to book a tour, go to their website at:  www.naturalniagaratours.com/

Niagara Nature Trails

A hike into the Niagara Glen is like a trip back in time as you wander past boulders left behind as the falls eroded through this area thousands of years ago. The Niagara Glen is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals, including rare and endangered species. Stairs lead to four kilometers of trails that wind their way through the Carolinian forest. The seven separate marked trails throughout the Niagara Glen offer spectacular views of the Niagara River, and the American side of the gorge.

 

Within the Glen you can explore Wintergreen Flats, Wilson Terrace, and Foster's Flats - theNiagara Glen Terraces, flat areas created when the Niagara River flowed through this area six to seven thousand years ago.

 

The Niagara Glen overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool. The gorge and whirlpool were also created about six to seven thousand years ago as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment. Harder, more resistant bedrock forced a right-angle turn in the river's path at the site of the Whirlpool, where the rushing waters are forced into a deep counter-clockwise spin.

 

The Niagara Glen is definitely worth a visit for hiking enthusiasts, but it should be noted that the terrain is steep and rugged, and proper footwear is required.

Oakes Garden Theatre

Originally constructed in 1936, Oakes Garden Theatre was built in the form of an amphitheatre. By capitalising on the contours of the landscape, a fan shaped curved pergola was constructed.

Rock gardens, lily ponds, and shrub borders have all been built around formalized gardens. Queenston limestone was extensively used around the perimeter of the property.

Attractive ornamental iron gates were incorporated into the design for aesthetic and functional purposes.

Click here to visit their official websitewww.niagaraparks.com/garden/oakesgarden.php

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

1.6 km

Walking time:

20 minutes

People Mover Transit:

5 minutes

Niagara Glen and Whirlpool

The Niagara Glen is a unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Stairways lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago.

Visitors should be aware that hikes through the Niagara Glen involve an elevation change of over 60 m (200 ft). Proper footwear suitable for steep and rugged terrain is required. The trails are well laid out and easily negotiated if you take your time! There's lots of interesting geology and biology to explore.

For more information, please go to their official website:http://www.niagaraparks.com/nature-trails/niagara-glen-whirlpool.html

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

5.0 km

Driving time:

6 minutes

People Mover Transit:

15 minutes

Floral Showcase

For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment!

During the summer months, don't miss the spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse, including one of Niagara Parks' extensive rose gardens, ponds and a fragrance garden where plants are identified in Braille for persons who are visually impaired. Wander along the paths or rest on a bench in the peaceful Artists Garden - you won't believe you are in the centre of the city!

Click here for their official website www.niagaraparks.com/garden-trail/floral-showhouse.html

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

4.1 km

Walking time:

52 minutes

People Mover Transit:

15 minutes

Dufferin Islands Nature Area

This popular area is 10 acres of paradise - a quiet, secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths.

This area is home to the "Winter Festival of Lights" from November to January each year, when several animated lighting displays are placed around the perimeter of the islands.

Exploring the islands you will encounter a plethora of wildlife including beavers, racoons, squirrels, Canadian geese, ducks, seagulls and many other fowl.

Click here for their official website www.niagaraparks.com/nature/dufferin.php

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

4.5 km

Walking time:

57 minutes

Driving time:

6 minutes

Butterfly Conservatory

The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation that is close captioned for the hearing impaired.

This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

While visiting our beautiful Butterfly Conservatory, we encourage you to take lots of photographs. Tripods are not allowed inside the Conservatory. Use a monopod instead!

Click here to go to their official websitewww.niagaraparks.com/garden/butterfly.php

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

5.8 km

Driving time:

7 minutes

People Mover transit:

15 minutes

Botanical Gardens

Niagara Parks' Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Falls. This beautiful Garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.

Established in 1936, visitors enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada's finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs.

Visit their official website atwww.niagaraparks.com/garden/botanical.php

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

5.8 km

Driving time:

7 minutes

People Mover transit:

15 minutes

Bird Kingdom

The main event at Bird Kingdom overwhelms you with 35 foot tall palm tree's, a 40 foot waterfall, birds of every colour and description in the worlds largest free flying Aviary!

The Main Aviary is home to over 35 species of exotic birds from around the globe. This is truly a world that the birds call their own! As you descend from the top of the rainforest canopy to the jungle floor you will discover unique creatures of flight, of every shape and description, many within just a few feet of you! We've convinced it's almost like the birds are people watching!

This is a truly magical place unlike anywhere else in the world.

For more information go to: http://www.birdkingdom.ca

 

Distance from Greystone Manor:

1.2 km

Walking time:

16 minutes

Driving time:

2 minutes